Author Archives: things magazine

Memories of what used to be

Ghost Towers: The view from Iran’s housing crisis. Includes photographs by Hashem Shakeri / Manzhouli, ‘a City Lost in Translation’, China meets Russia in Mongolia / a fine obituary of Charles Jencks / The Modern House features the boat-inspired house … Continue reading

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From megastructures to ministructures

The Indoor University; Canadian Welfare And Modern Architecture / Dusky Parakeet, a houseboat by 31/44 Architects at the Never too Small channel / an interactive diagram of car size evolution / architectural photographs by Simone Hutsch / Toyota, a photographic … Continue reading

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Collections and clarifications

A farewell to Charles Jencks, dead at 80 / Attempted Bloggery, vintage illustration and cartoons / everyone’s trying to draw a perfect circle / the cutaway drawing and its artists, a thirteen-year old thread at the Autosport Forums that is … Continue reading

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Outside the envelope

Behind You, a tumblr of original animated, spooky art / sort of related, Dungeon Synth (via MeFi) / Ste Holmes illustration / see also the Synth Evolution Poster / illustrations by Anna Isabella Schmidt / Barbican Winter, Stefi Orazi, at

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Ruins, best get used to them

“A unique property: 31,530 square feet. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths on 14.54 acres, a former Nike Missile Base in Dillsboro, Indiana. All for, wait for it, $850,000. You can visit a Nike Base in the Everglades. Related, Plan A, or … Continue reading

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End of the week

Illustrations, including paper art by Aurely Cerise / old, but probably still pertinent: Uber knows when your phone is about to run out of battery and prices accordingly / more colour-us-surprised tech news: The ‘Smart Kitchen’ Is Very Stupid / … Continue reading

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Out on the ice floe

London record store World of Echo to sell hundreds of records from Thurston Moore’s private collection / films by The Modern House / Douse the House, testing the system at the Hill House Box (previously mentioned) / a new book … Continue reading

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Support and explore

Kickstart Heart of Neon, ‘the inspiring story of gaming legend Jeff Minter and Ivan Zorzin of Llamasoft‘ / very much sort of related, the Butter Churn music visualizer / another thing to Kickstart: A Gift‘, a film by Marc Kristal … Continue reading

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Wrapped in plastic

Will Self urges us to blame the forty-somethings, not the baby boomers or the hipsters (‘… the once proud artistic avant gardes of western Europe plummeting through clouds of frothy coffee, down into a brownish gloop comprising one part “crafted” … Continue reading

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On the edge of eighteen

Viking Valley Fall, consumer drones come of age / Big Timelapse Stories – Episode 1: The 30 Year Timelapse / WebGL Fluid Simulation. Much fun to be had / Satan’s a woman / Rakotzbrücke Devil’s Bridge, Germany / gifmk7, gifs … Continue reading

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Camper than

Everybody in The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992, a film by Jeremy Deller that ‘uses rare and unseen archive materials to weave together a narrative that investigates the music and protest movement that created “seismic social changes” in … Continue reading

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Architectural things

Architectural things. Some isometric landscapes by Cinta Vidal / more urban imagery by Alexandra Pacula / Van Life, the non-Insta variety / Cover : The curious case of a shared database. On the somewhat familiar art of book cover design … Continue reading

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To the bells of the cathedral

The Ghost in the MP3: ‘moDernisT‘ is a track by Ryan Maguire, ‘created by salvaging the sounds lost to mp3 compression from the song “Tom’s Diner“, famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop … Continue reading

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What a waste

Desert Island Dump, a trip to Henderson Island: waste, reefs, plastic and rats / sort of related, imaging the planet, a visual demonstration of how satellite imagery is gathered / official posters at the National Office of Importance / a … Continue reading

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Occasional output

Things sieved from the stream. The Archive of Styles, a type fetishist’s delight (via Meanwhile) / paintings and sculptures by John Clarke / the demolition of a Pasadena landmark / art, faith and modernity, on show at Liss Llewellyn / … Continue reading

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Wishing I had a photograph of you

A random selection of things. This is sort of like a crowd-sourced Upside Down: Doodle Place / linocuts by Vanessa Lubach / music by Gurtwyrm; Love Family Robinson / Futuro House, in a different environment / gig reviews by Rob … Continue reading

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Decay and fall

Learning Synths, a fun educational site from Ableton (via The Verge) / thanks to Kottke for highlighting the other-worldly sounds of a giant gong. An Paiste 80 Symphonic Gong is rather dear / the cartoonist Mordillo (wiki) has died / … Continue reading

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A big chunk of stuff

The mass death of a consumer robot / Fist of Jesus, a short, bloody film / How Technology Changed Music / ‘”Ghost Tape Number 10“, an audio mix the US military used for psychological operations in the Vietnam War’ / … Continue reading

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Back and forth

The true, twisted story of the Amityville Horror / What We Know About the Navy’s UFO Problem / a 3D model of Apollo 11 / behind the scenes at the Summer Palace, Pricegore and Yinka Ilori / an archive of … Continue reading

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In Quotes

Three examples of culture sampling. The distinctly Benz-like vehicles of Bamin Automobile, at CarNewsChina (via Jalopnik) / a nice shout out to The Way of the Exploding Fist in the Black Mirror Trailer (1m21s) / more pop culture self-referentiality: Stranger … Continue reading

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